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The ongoing probe into the Livedoor group cast shadows Friday on executive appointments at three of its firms.

In Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Cecile Co. said Friday that Livedoor Marketing Co. President Fumito Okamoto, 38, who was to assume the presidency of the mail-order firm the same day, had declined the post. Okamoto stated his intentions earlier in the day, citing “personal reasons,” it said.

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